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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Photo Friday: Glimpse

Written by Stasya Erickson  • November 30, 2012

7 Days Gallery | 755 N. Salina St | Friday, November 30 | 7-9 p.m.

Detail from painting by Oscar Garces



Your Guide to Shopping the Northside

Written by Sarah Pallo  • November 28, 2012

During the holidays, I always try my best to support the local economy by shopping at small independent businesses. After years of doing this, I finally feel like I know where to go in Syracuse for my gift ideas, as well as where to find the best specials. This year, thanks to the collaborative effort between Northside UP, 40 Below, the Downtown Committee, CenterState CEO, and Syracuse First, shopping local seems like a walk in the park with the Shop Syracuse Holiday Passport.

With close to 100 local businesses participating in the program, 19 on the Northside alone, Shop Syracuse provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about unique shops and great restaurants while shopping for holiday gifts and keeping dollars local. It all starts with a Shop Syracuse Punch Card, which customers present when making a purchase or taking advantage of a special from a participating business for a stamp. When you get ten stamps, leave your card with the business to enter a drawing for prizes! Shop Syracuse Punch Cards will be distributed at the Pepper Market as well as at all participating businesses. The program started on November 19th and ends on January 2nd to capture the full holiday season.

For a complete list of participating Northside businesses and their specials, click HERE!


To help you get started, here are a few suggestions of some great gift ideas available from participating Northside Shop Syracuse businesses:



All decked out for the holidays, visit Hairanoia for all your salon needs. Also take advantage of the $50 microdermabrasion services offered by Adagio Salon by purchasing a gift certificate ($95 value and includes a full facial!).



Stop at Vinomania for a unique selection of wine and spirits. Smooth Russian Vodka, Tequila in a hand-crafted skeleton bottle, and delicious Pumpkin Liquor are a few favorites. Then go to Rocky’s News for their in-house handmade cigars!



Stop into Craft Chemistry, a small consignment art boutique selling handmade goods by local designers, crafters, and artists. Then, visit Brennan Stained Glass Art Studio for fused glass gifts such as handmade jewelry pendants, coasters, sun catchers, and more!



Open Hand Theater’s Museum Gift Shop has puppets, toys, and magical crafts from around the world that are the perfect gift for the youthful spirit.



It’s a common resolution to be healthy and get in shape. With VitaFit’s 30% off any gym membership gift certificate, now that resolution is affordable!



Don’t let another year go by without seizing the moment. Set up an appointment with Sauro Photographic Art for a portrait that captures your personality, lifestyle, and relationship with family or friends.



Support workers from around the world looking for a fair wage at the ArtRage Fair Trade Sales Day. While you’re there, you can also browse the items for sale in their gallery shop, PosterWorks.



Winter Boots and clothing can be found at CMB Sportswear, where you can receive 35% off your entire purchase! Then head to Ra-Lin for hunting gear, electronics, appliances, and more.



If all else fails, you can always turn to food. Grab a gift certificate from these awesome restaurants: Biscotti Café, Frankie’s Piccolo Bistro, Mai Lan Restaurant, OC’s Fat Boy BBQ, or Sparky Town. On your way to a holiday party? Make sure you don’t come empty handed. Thanos Import Market has 10% off all party platters- mix n’ match cheeses, olives, cured meats and more!

If you find yourself out late celebrating the season, don’t forget you can call Orange Metro Taxi for a ride and receive 10% off until December 24th.



A Holiday Shopping Special will take place on December 8th, where Northside Shop Syracuse participants will be offering even greater deals, free tastings, open houses and more! Organized in conjunction with the Pepper Market, this event provides a great day of unique alternative shopping experiences, all on the Northside!

For more information, click HERE.


The 7 Days Gallery

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder1 Comment • November 27, 2012

For seven days only, The Walier Lofts storefront will transform into a pop-up gallery, showcasing the works of two local Cuban artists: Abisay Puentes and Oscar Garces. Mostly paintings, the works depict figures in grandiose landscapes with dramatic color and shadows. Together, the artists create a direct dialogue between openness and isolation, humanity and the beyond. The artists took over this prime retail outlet, painting the walls and installing light fixtures, to create a gallery experience that is fresh, new, and uniquely raw.

Don’t miss your opportunity to check it out: The 7 Days Gallery, located at 755 N. Salina St., will open on November 30 and close its doors on December 7. Each day the gallery will open from 7 PM-9 PM and an opening reception will be held at this time on November 30.

NBP Member: CMB Sportswear

Written by admin  • November 26, 2012

Located at 476 North Salina Street, CMB Sportswear and the Lennex Boutique carry the latest in both men’s and women’s urban fashion. Stop in today to check out brands such as Sean John, Timberland, Roca Wear and many more!

Editors Note: Each Monday, we’re introducing a community spotlight piece highlighting one of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members in an effort to showcase the diverse and unique businesses that make up the Northside. NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Written by admin  • November 22, 2012

Today, we give thanks. To our partners, colleagues, neighbors and friends- it is through our collective efforts that positive change can take place in our community. Thank you for your energy and passion. May your holiday be full of warmth and joy!


Lewis Uniform Has Your Back

Written by Sarah Pallo  • November 21, 2012

We hardly think about uniforms. If we do, we immediately think of them in terms of the people who wear them, the men and women who are part of organizations such as the police, emergency services, and security.  It makes sense, as these people are among the bravest and most dedicated workers society has, but rarely does one’s attention turn to those who provide the vital service of equipping these individuals. So when my work with Northside businesses led me to Lewis Uniform, a company making sure these men and women in uniform look their best every day on the job, I instantly wanted to put them in the spotlight.

During my visit to Lewis Uniform, I got the sense that the family has strong ties to the business and the Northside. The roots of Lewis Uniform date back to 1957, when then-owner Stuart Krupkin started selling uniforms as a department of his father’s haberdashery in Watertown, NY. Stuart moved the business to Syracuse in 1964; first starting at 708 N. Salina and then moving to 626 N. Salina Street once the building was restored. Betty Wiese, the current owner, started working for Stuart in 1991 as a part-time tailor. But it wasn’t until 1998, when Stuart needed emergency by-pass surgery, that Betty started to take over the business. Betty didn’t want to see her friend and boss lose his life’s work, so she quickly learned the business. She was able to keep accounts even when she couldn’t pay them (she credits Stuart with paying vendors on time), became a full-time manager, and made an offer when Stuart decided to retire in 2001.

Betty’s commitment to keeping the business going, her late husband’s involvement with the business association, and their son’s on-going efforts to expand and improve service are a testament to this being a true family endeavor. With Betty owning a Northside business, her late husband Rich became actively involved with the Greater North Salina Business Association. Serving as the organization’s president for several years, he was an advocate for improving the Northside business community. He was very well known in the neighborhood, went to every meeting in town to stay informed and volunteered often for the Weed and Seed Community Partnership. With their son Ben already leaving his own footprint on the business, there is no doubt Lewis Uniform will continue to succeed as a family-owned business on the Northside.

Lewis Uniform is a place that makes the uniform industry fun, casual and inviting. They treat their customers with the same quality, care and concern, and in return receive loyal customers who keep coming back. The small staff of five works hard to get to know everyone who walks through the door. They even highlight their accomplishments on “the wall”, a collage of stories collected over the years to pay tribute to customers, friends and family who were in the paper. Also adding to the fun atmosphere are the store’s mascots, Foster and EmJay. These adorable bearded dragons live on the counter and are a great distraction for kids, whose reward is a chance to pet them if they behave well.

Although the store has moved locations a few times, Lewis Uniform continues to be a staple of the Northside. Ben says neighbors love having them around, because there is always a police car parked in the lot! The store currently resides in the former Elk Lodge at 325 Butternut Street, which boasts a total of three floors and a beautiful mahogany bar in the center of the sales floor. With a total of 12,500 square feet, there is plenty of room to grow.

The business has already seen significant growth since moving into the new space. Ben continues to bring in new products, has expanded the leather and accessories department, and is an expert on body armor and gun accessories. Ben also brought the company up to speed technologically by acquiring a new computer inventory and sales system, which his good friend and co-worker Josh Whitworth has been instrumental in instituting. Currently, the store holds 30-40 accounts with 100 different vendors, and outfits individuals, companies and agencies in the Syracuse area and beyond. While the store has experimented with a diversity of uniforms in the past, from nursing scrubs to restaurant apparel, most of their clients come from the fire, police and public safety departments.

It’s pretty clear that Ben has a knack for the business. He is there every day managing the store with an informed yet casual attitude that translates well with customers. Ben’s laid back style also lends itself to some joking around, which means he wasn’t afraid to show me the picture of him fitting his entire body into one leg of the largest pair of pants I ever saw!  Although I don’t know much about the industry, I was fascinated as I watched Ben answering questions and attending to the customer’s every need. During my visit, every customer seemed pleased with the service. One customer, the Chief of the VA Hospital, repeatedly said thank you as he left the store. I later learned that the VA Hospital only recently became a customer. When the opportunity opened up for them to purchase uniforms locally, they heard from others that Lewis Uniform was the place to go. Word of mouth has long been an advertising tool for the business, knowing that if they leave customers satisfied and happy they will return the favor.

I find great comfort in knowing there are still people that take the phrase “family business” to heart. At Lewis Uniform, they care about their customers, about the Northside, and about each other. Whether they are helping you find the right size, adding custom embroidery, or simply lifting your spirits with a joke, it’s clear that this is a business that has your back. My short time there left me impressed, and now when I see a firefighter, police or public safety officer, I will also think about Lewis Uniform Company and all the hard work and care that goes into the family business.


Humans of Syracuse: Pictures from the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder2 Comments • November 20, 2012

Two years ago a photographer in New York City began a Facebook page to showcase the city’s inhabitants. The page, Humans of New York (HONY), has blossomed into an entire Facebook movement with pages such as, Humans of Austin, Humains de Paris, and, yes, even Humans of Syracuse. Kathe Harrington is the creator and photographer of the Syracuse page which was founded 6 months ago when she first stumbled upon the HONY project and thought, “I could do that.” Her mission: to capture an accurate representation of Syracuse—every race, every culture, every generation—one street portrait at a time.

Kathe has lived in Syracuse for most of her adult life. In college she took a photography class and never stopped snapping pictures. Once the Humans of Syracuse project began, Kathe started venturing out in her spare time to find interesting people in the city. But now Humans of Syracuse is so often on her mind, she will hurriedly pull the car over if she sees a potential picture—“It’s making me late for a lot of things,” she laughs. Originally, Kathe planned to explore all of Syracuse, but soon she found herself partial to the Northside. She explains, “Outside of Syracuse people don’t know the diversity within the city. The Northside has interesting people. It’s like a mini city. It’s incredibly diverse.”

Humans of Syracuse currently has over 260 photos and 1,446 “likes.” Kathe tries to upload one or two photos per day and some of her photographs also include captions that give a little background about each person. Kathe is surprised by how receptive the people of Syracuse are to getting their pictures taken. Most people say, “Me? Why would you want a picture of me?” but are happy to pose for the camera and tell their story. “I feel like a bartender at times,” Kathe admits, “in just a few minutes I can connect with people.”

So what’s in store for the future?  Kathe would love to print all her pictures sometime and “see them hanging somewhere.” Right now several of her photographs are on display at Hospice of Central New York through an art show from the Syracuse Photographers Association.

“Now everyone I see is a potential subject,” Kathe confesses, “I try to always have my camera, but if I don’t, I look straight ahead so I don’t think about the shots I’m missing.”

To check out the Humans of Syracuse Facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/humansofsyracuse.

Take a look at some of Kathe’s favorite pictures on the Northside:



NBP Member: PEC

Written by admin  • November 19, 2012

Progressive Expert Consulting (PEC) provides tools that help individuals and businesses thrive in an increasingly high-tech world. Participating in a host of projects such as virtual language, cultural training programs, and telemedicine, PEC brings intuitive technology to your doorstep without the complications typically associated with it.


Editors Note: Each Monday, we’re introducing a community spotlight piece highlighting one of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members in an effort to showcase the diverse and unique businesses that make up the Northside. NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses. 

Photo Friday: Imagine

Written by Stasya Erickson  • November 16, 2012


Yesterday morning, our organization was awarded the CNY 85 Collaborative Impact Prize by the Central New York Community Foundation! The funding will be used to launch what we’re calling Northside, INC – a collaborative initiative between CenterState CEO,  fellow CenterState affiliate Syracuse Technology Garden (STG), as well as the Onondaga County Small Business Development Center (SDBC), Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Pro Literacy, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Hopeprint, Refugee Resettlement Services, and the Greater North Salina Business Association. We are incredibly thankful and eager to begin working!

Northside, INC will offer entrepreneurs the ability to launch microenterprises within a marketplace setting while receiving the support, education, and lending assistance necessary to expand their businesses into independent corporations. Offering microloans, and creating a low-risk venue for people to run manageable microenterprises that will generate income while offering hands-on experience, will accelerate the business start-up process. The project will address vacancy by helping successful entrepreneurs locate within Northside business districts. The incubator and successful independent businesses will attract shoppers from the greater Syracuse community.

The prize is a special one-time grant made in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 85th Anniversary. Northside UP was chosen out of 16 applicants. More on the award can be found on the Central New York Community Foundation’s website and syracuse.com.


Recruiting for Green Train

Written by admin  • November 15, 2012

Northside UP is currently recruiting applicants for our 11th Green Train class! The program, which focuses on hands-on workforce training, provides the un- and under-employed with a unique training opportunity that integrates vocational training with life skills and job readiness coaching. Through this program, neighborhood residents increase their potential for long-term employment within emerging green industries. GED or High School diploma is not required. Women and men are encourage to apply.


Candidate guidelines:

-Be able to attend training daily for 3 months beginning January 7th.

-Be able to lift 50 lbs., perform manual labor for 8 hours daily and be willing to work in all weather conditions.

-This program is a free tuition, unpaid training program. Individuals must be able to financially support themselves during the program. Individuals earning an income higher than $27,000 will not qualify for tuition.

-Be motivated and committed to work in the construction industry or a construction related field after graduating from training


Do you know a strong candidate? Send them to our offices, located at 800 N. Salina Street, to fill out an application. Want an inside look into the program? Check out the incredible video Daylight Blue Media made for us. Thanks to them, and to you, for helping us spread the word!